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Rupert Wyman 22nd Apr 2011 - 15:21

United to come unstuck against the Toffees

Thanks mainly to Arsenal's incompetence Man United are still in pole position to win a record 19th league title but there are signs that the wheels could be about to fall off the Old Trafford bandwagon.

They lie six points clear but have a tough looking run-in starting on Saturday against an in-form Everton side. The bookies are still confident that they will hang on to their lead at the top of the table, they're 1/7 to lift the Premier League title. Their rivals are Chelsea (7/1) and Arsenal (12/1).

The games have been coming thick and fast for United and they lack the strength in depth of some of Alex Ferguson's previous sides and that has started to show in recent weeks. They crashed out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage against Man City before dropping points at Newcastle on Tuesday night.

They failed to score in both those games and that will be a cause for concern for the Old Trafford faithful.  They missed the craft of Paul Scholes at St James Park and he will be missing again for this one as he completes a two game ban.

A win against Everton on Saturday morning would put United back on track, they're 1/2 to get the three points, the draw is 11/4 whilst Everton are rated at a tempting looking 7/1.

We have two Match Winner specials for this match.  These sides drew 3-3 at Goodison Park and we've enhanced the price on either team to score three to 2/1. Wayne Rooney is up against his boyhood club and we're offering 9/2 that he scores the first goal in a United win.

Everton don't have a great record at Old Trafford, in fact they've never won a Premier League game there in 17 attempts.  However, they will have high hopes of ending that run in this one.

They're unbeaten in seven Premier League games and have won their last two games without conceding a goal. They lie just two behind their great rivals Liverpool and will be motivated to finish the season strongly to overtake them.

Arteta and Cahill are doubtful for the game with injury and that would mean Leighton Baines is the penalty taker for the Toffees. He is also handy from free-kicks and that makes the 25/1 that he scores first look particularly generous. He's 8/1 to score anytime.

A major plus point for United in recent weeks has been the return of Antonio Valencia from a broken leg. He is playing like he's never been away and the former Wigan man should start this one. He's 8/1 to open the scoring.

Man United have kept three clean sheets in their last four games, whilst Everton's defence has also been on good form so I wouldn't expect this to be a high scoring game.  You can get even money on under 2.5 goals, that seems overpriced.

As always we have 100+ markets available pre-match and in-play so there is always way to add interest to the game. If you want to keep an interest until the final kick of the game you can back a goal to be scored in injury time. That's 4/1.

You can't ignore Everton's recent good form and I would back them to draw or win on the double chance market at 8/5.  On the correct score market 0-0 looks overpriced at 11/1.

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